Travel with Australia

Information on travelling between Australia and New Zealand while quarantine-free travel is suspended.

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Suspension of quarantine-free travel from Australia extended

On 17 September 2021, the Government suspended quarantine-free travel with Australia for a further 8 weeks. This is due to the current Delta outbreaks.

Uncontrolled community transmission is still occurring in Australia, with case numbers continuing to steadily increase in some states and territories. In New Zealand, we are getting on top of an outbreak in Auckland.

The Government will review this decision in mid-to-late November 2021, to give more time for our vaccination rates to climb higher.

Check if you are eligible to travel to New Zealand

The New Zealand borders are closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The travel restrictions apply to almost all arrivals into New Zealand by air or sea.

If you want to travel from Australia, you must be eligible to enter New Zealand. Check now to see if you can travel.

Reasons you can travel to New Zealand | immigration.govt.nz (external link)

Requirements to travel to New Zealand

You need to:

  • have the right to enter New Zealand
  • complete a 14-day stay in MIQ — the normal rules around paying for your stay in MIQ will apply
  • provide a negative pre-departure test, and
  • be fully vaccinated if you are not a New Zealand citizen (from 1 November 2021)

Reasons you can travel to New Zealand | immigration.govt.nz (external link)

Costs for MIQ | miq.govt.nz (external link)

Pre-departure tests to enter New Zealand

Vaccinations required for non-New Zealand citizens(external link)

Get your voucher for MIQ

If you want to travel to New Zealand, you need to book your MIQ voucher when they are available. This applies to travellers from all states and territories in Australia.

MIQ has introduced a virtual lobby for all room releases. Visit the MIQ website to find out how to participate in the virtual lobby booking system.

Get your voucher through the virtual lobby (external link)

Travelling to Australia

Travelling from the South Island

Quarantine-free travel from the South Island of New Zealand began at 11:59pm (AEST) on Tuesday 19 October 2021. You must:

  • have a negative PCR pre-departure test result, administered no more than 72 hours before your departure time
  • carry evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (if you are eligible for a vaccine)
  • not have been in the North Island of New Zealand in the 14 days before travel
  • not have been at a location of interest in New Zealand in the 14 days before travel
  • declare before your travel that you have met these requirements.

Make sure you check the requirements for being fully vaccinated, and what evidence you need to carry.

If you wish to travel quarantine-free to Australia, you must meet these requirements. Check with your airline about available flights. Your options for travel from New Zealand may be limited as airlines may not have many flights available. We recommend you contact your airline to confirm your booking.

The state or territory you arrive in may have extra measures to protect everyone from COVID-19. Check what you need to do before you travel.

Australia travel zones | health.gov.au (external link)

Travelling from the North Island

Quarantine-free travel from the North Island remains suspended. It is suspended due to COVID-19 cases in the community.

If you are flying to Australia from the North Island, you must enter 14 days of supervised “hotel quarantine”. This is similar to New Zealand's MIQ. You may have to pay for your stay.

Your options for travel from New Zealand may be limited as airlines may not have many flights available. We recommend you contact your airline to confirm your booking.

New Zealand Government travel advice

The New Zealand Government advises everyone in New Zealand “do not travel to Australia”, unless you usually live in Australia and you are returning home.

If you need to travel to Australia, check the requirements you must meet with the Australian Government. If you want to return to New Zealand, you must be eligible to enter New Zealand and you will have to book a voucher for MIQ.

Support for travellers in Australia

If you are in Australia and have not been able to return home, we encourage you to:

Register to get the latest travel advice for Australia | safetravel.govt.nz(external link) (external link)

Sign up for email notifications for travel with Australia (external link)

If you need help with travel

If you need information about returning home, you can call the contact centre for advice:

You can call between 8am to 10pm (NZT), 7 days a week.

It is your responsibility to manage your costs for travel disruption.

In an emergency

If you are a New Zealand citizen abroad you can get emergency consular assistance. You can access support for situations like lost or stolen passports, death, health issues and law infringements.

Consular staff in New Zealand and at our consular offices in Australia cannot arrange a space in MIQ or a flight to New Zealand for you.

Get emergency consular help by calling:

Emergency consular help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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